We are starting yet another new Blogging Marathon Edition, BM#54. for week 1 I will be continuing my Fruits all form for Kids.
I know I have repeated myself quite, yet I need to say that cooking with fruits is a challenge for me. I could hardly come up with ideas. I was again and again coming back to the same old Banana cakes. I know I have few versions already on the blogs. And coming up with another version seem too boring. Yet I have a valid reason.
Since I am thinking on lines to have good snacks that can be packed and still stay good over 8 hours for Konda, I wanted to select healthy options and especially tea cakes. I love the concept of Tea cakes, and would prefer it to be mildly sweet and crumbly. I have always loved the Britannia Tea Cake slices but have never tasted it as it doesn't come eggless. However I have touched the texture and wanted to replicate the same.
In the cake today, or as I prefer to say loaf, I have used wheat flour, honey and brown sugar. The cake turns out superb with mild sweetness, the banana flavour is more prominent, yet not too much. When it comes to selecting flours or selecting sugars, I do not actually preach anything. How you eat your cake or what healthy options you want, is your personal choice.
However I use All purpose flour very regularly along with refined sugar as well. So as another alternate, I look out for bakes that turns out good with wheat flour/atta and other sweetness. In those terms, thos loaf is awseome. I adapted this recipe from Usha, who was inspired by Pavani, who was inspired by KAF cookbook. So you know this has come a long way.
The best part of this cake was that, everybody at home were so much taken in by the taste, texture and everything about it. Trust me, since then, if an overripe banana is seen on the table, all of them have started suggesting that I bake this cake for them!
Eggless Wheat Banana Tea Cake
Wheat flour / Atta - 1 cup
Ripe, mashed Banana - 3/4 cup
Olive Oil - 4 tbsp
Brown Sugar - 4 tbsp / (1/4 cup)
Baking Soda - 1/2 + 1/4 tsp (3/8 tsp)
Salt a pinch
Cinnamon Powder - ¼ tsp.
Ground Nutmeg - 1/8 tsp.
Honey - 2 tbsp
Egg Replacer - 1 tbsp whisked in 3 tbsp water
Almonds, chopped -1 tbsp
How to make the Eggless Wheat Banana Tea Cake
Pre Heat the oven at 175 C.
In a bowl beat oil, sugar, cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder until smooth.
Add mashed banana, honey and egg replacer to oil mixture, and beat until smooth.
Fold in the flour and finally add the baking soda and little milk if required to get the dropping consistency.
Transfer to the baking loaf, top it with chopped almonds and bake at 175 C for 30 - 35 mins. Test for done-ness and let it cool before slicing.
You could use unsalted butter instead of oil
Since wheat flour is used, do not beat it too much. Also adding Soda at the end will ensure your air pockets are safe.
Baking at 175C for 30 mins will ensure your batter has enough time to get cooked well.
You could use chocolate chips and fold it into the batter as well.
Since we have a month to prepare, please avoid doing last minute posting, prepare ahead and schedule, which should give you enough time to read the fellow participating blogger's post in leisure.
I also decided I will be little more strict in handling late posts. I know real life sometimes becomes very tough to manage. However if you know it is going to be so, please do not sign up. I will understand. But if you are signing up, then I expect you to be prompt in posting and reading fellow BM blogs.
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Themes for BM # 55th will be the following:
Kid's Delight theme ensures my Kid's Delight event, guest hosted by other bloggers gets good entries. Since the event is 16th - 15th every month, we have two different themes happening for BM in a month. And you have the choice of doing two different themes.
Kid's Delight - Cooking from Kids Story Books/TV shows (3,4,5 and 10,11,12)
Kid's Delight - (17,18,19 and 24,25,26)
Please note all entries for Kid's Delight theme have to be kid approved. The dish can be either approved by your own kid, your young relatives, neighbors or even something that you enjoyed as a kid. Do remember to mention the age group of the kid, so that it becomes easy for others.
Kid's Delight - Cooking from Kids Story Books/TV shows(3,4,5 and 10,11,12)
The 1st and 2nd week of August will be hosted by PJ with theme"Cooking from Kids Story Books/TV shows". She will be announcing this event on her blog by July 15th. The entries submitted should come from a Kids fiction.
Kid's Delight - Healthy Breakfast (17,18,19 and 24,25,26)Theme Filled up for both weeks
The 3rd and 4th week of August will be hosted by Lavina Agarwal, themes on "Healthy Breakfast" She will be announcing the event on her blog by August 16th with theme So dish out all healthy breakfast approved by your kid and send to the event!
Healthy Family Dinners
As the theme name says, cook any 3 healthy dinners with your family and share with us. The choice is yours and there is no restriction on what you cook. Obviously I would expect something elaborate yet healthy for your folks. Cook 3 Stuffed Pastas
I know we have been cooking lot of Italian off late, I thought we still have a long way to go in covering the wonderful cuisine. So in the same lines, I thought I could ask you all to cook 3 stuffed Pastas. For ideas, check out this page. Nutella Galore
I know I am partial to Chocolate, however ever since knowing Nutella, its become a family favorite, or atleast my kids. So why not make more with the Nutella and enjoy. The star ingredient is Nutella and I would expect you to cook a dish featuring this sauce. Make in a muffin
I love mini and single servings. That's exactly what you can do, when you start cooking in a muffin. The dishes can be sweet, dessert or main dish as well. You could get as creative as you can. French Cuisine
Select the french cuisine and do one category a day. All three days should not be the same. No-Bake Desserts
No Bake Dessert refers to anything that's served as a dessert and not involves baking. It could be no bake cheese cake or bars or anything that you could think of.
Special Theme - BM Bookmarked
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